Gursant Singh's recounting of his passage to India and out of a corrupt yoga empire is as enjoyable as it is compelling. This is a story of exploitation -- Gursant's victimization by his fraudulent master, Yogi Bhajan, and his own demoralizing work running scams to prop up the yogi's luxurious lifestyle. It's a quick-paced adventure that describes the ersatz Sikh lifestyle dumped on a clutch of white Americans and the peculiar dangers of the Indian bride trade. The book revolves around Gursant's quest for a Punjabi marriage partner. His desire to acquire a subservient wife echoes Yogi Bhajan's tantric babble about men and women. If you've endured a Yogi Bhajan "teaching" on sexuality, you'll be dismayed, but not surprised, by his longtime student's view of women. Gursant's role as Bhajan's aide and bodyguard revealed the man his followers refuse to see -- a womanizer and a brute. Yogi Bhajan's round-the-clock use of a dozen female assistants is well-known. Those who question why the self-proclaimed leader of the Sikhs of the Western world required not just a personal harem but an armed security detail will find answers here. Gursant lays out his time among the sleazy operators and criminal hustlers swirling through Yogi Bhajan's Healthy Happy Holy Organization/3HO in some depth -- not enough intricacy for some of us, but doubtless far too much for the old charlatan's remaining devotees. Fortunately, the book doesn't devolve into a personal Mea Culpa nor does it read like the diary of a starry-eyed seeker. The bizarre mishmash of Eastern aphorisms and yoga postures that Yogi Bhajan concocted made his Sikh Dharma group appealing to a small, lost tribe of the counterculture. Mercifully, Gursant was no hippie and he doesn't write like one. Yet his "Confessions of An American Sikh" makes the case for Sikh Dharma's inclusion as a footnote to '60s experimental spirituality. More importantly, this book is a fascinating look at the seamy side of the Indian marriage business and a frank exploration of life in a destructive, authoritarian group. Gursant's tone is appealing whether he is describing the filthy interior of a lock-up in Amritsar or his posh daily luncheons with Yogi Bhajan on Rodeo Drive. His growing disillusionment with Bhajan's bogus spin on the Sikh religion comes to a climax while Gursant is trapped in India. He finds himself trying to emerge from two forms of imprisonment -- one physical and the other spiritual. Through it all, Gursant maintains his sense of humor and his innate faith. This is an absorbing story for any reader. And it's a must-read for those caught up in Yogi Bhajan's 3HO/Sikh Dharma --ex-followers, Second Generation casualties, family members, law enforcement, cult researchers -- and for every Kundalini yoga student or Yogi Tea drinker, past or present.
All i say is that the book is written very honestly and simple language is used keeping target readers in mind. While reading the book, i felt like i am Gursant invisible companion and experiencing all the life events with him. The way the book is written impressed me a lot. The highlight of the book is the chapter where Gursant stands upto Yogi and confronts him about Yogi's intention of snatching his house. when i was reading that incident, i felt so proud of Gursant, that tells you that he was a born sikh who stood up against injustice. all in all, a book worth buying :)
In this book, Gursant Singh tells his story. We learn about his early life and subsequent association with Yogi Bhajan through ﬂashbacks in the central narrative, an intriguing tale of conspiracy, corruption, bureaucracy, greed, outrageous suggestions and moments of heartbreaking sadness, disappointment and reﬂection. Gursant is refreshingly candid, telling everything warts and all, and his writing style is engaging and easy to read.
A great insight into the 3HO organisiation and the complexities of the Indian legal and social system. I am impressed with t he authors fortitude and positive nature despite the tsunami of events that go against him . His faith takes him through quite an adventure-despite all the ups and down he comes out of it a wiser and more enlightened Sikh The Cult angle is interesting because it gives on an insight of how these organisations work-they offer the gift of enlightenment but it is a sham for control and financial benefit. It is sad to read about the blindness with these Cult organisations India is a fantastic adventure for Guru Sant-some mistakes are juvenile but others are those of an innocent man manipluated by people that want to make a quick buck-or rupee as in this case!! Got to admire the author -I learnt a lot of how to deal with the ups and down of life-he is quite an inspiration! The author has a great sense of humour which carries him through his adventure and it looks like he has found a friend for life in Mr Shira Enjoy the read-its quite a tale that has a wonderful message about Sikhi
The book is what I feel is an honest account Gursant Singh trapped in India under trumped up charges. What started off as a simple trip to have dental work done and a visit to what he considered his holy temple turned into a nightmare. He describes in detail his own history, the history of 3HO and a short version of the Sikh history. Whilst engaging, there are parts that are hard going, hence the 4 star. My eyes were opened about Yogi Bhajan, kundalini yoga, the India justice system and the troubles in India that I do recollect from the news years ago, although not in the way he described it. [Always good to have a different perspective on the news which is usually biased]